Like Bryan, Austin needed neck surgery at the height of his career. A Texas rattle suffered a serious neck injury at SummerSlam in 1997 after receiving a faulty piledriver from Owen Hart.
Austin underwent surgery two years later, forcing him to miss 11 months of action in the ring between November 1999 and October 2000.
Speaking on the WWE Network Meeting Stone Cold show, Bryan recalled how Austin contacted him when news of his neck surgery surfaced. He said the WWE legend learned a new style of wrestling during his absence from the ring, and advised Bryan to do the same.
“He just called me and I was wondering how it was on my neck because he obviously has neck problems, and he said,‘ You know, when you come back, you should try to work in a different style. He said, “When I hurt my neck, I studied a bunch of Jerry Lawler and learned how to tell stories with just punches and punches, to make it less of an impact on my body.” He said, “You’re still working **.” And so it was very kind of him to call me and say. “
Prior to neck surgery, Bryan was known for his energetic performance and occasional use of high-risk moves. For example, a head dive for diving is a move that Bryan no longer uses regularly. He also added a low-risk move to his move by WWE – repeatedly shooting his grounded opponent in the face.
WWE legacy of Steve Austin
The Stone Cold meeting was broadcast as part of the week “Austin 3:16” on the WWE network. The show featured stories from various WWE superstars and legends about their most memorable interactions with Steve Austin.
Vince McMahon told the story of Austin who changed his name from The Ringmaster to Stone Cold Steve Austin. The WWE chairman admitted it even he wasn’t sure if the Stone Cold trick went to work.
Steve Austin won six WWE Championships, three Royal Rumbles (1997, 1998 and 2001) and a 1996 King of the Ring. Vince McMahon introduced him to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
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